Christine Wrest-Smith

b. 1963

Painter and draughtsman Christine Wrest-Smith studied at Monash University, with a semester at the Prato, Italy. Her realistic paintings and drawings are an exploration of personal territory using the birds nest as a metaphor to examine the process of construction, shelter and space. Each nest is a combination of strength and fragility, its individual characteristics beautifully rendered in paint or charcoal. Wrest-Smith varies her technique to match the personality of the individual nest, those put together with haste are loosely drawn, while those which were meticulously constructed are built up with precise layers of paint as they would have been made with exacting layers of twigs. What began as construction by one being has now become an expression through the process of construction by another. Wrest-Smith’s works have been exhibited in Melbourne and Italy. She was awarded the Savage Club Prize in 2010 and the Masterworks Contemporary Art Prize in 2011. She has completed several portrait commissions and her work is held in public and private collections.

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Glenn Morgan, Rodney Pople, Peter Stevens and Christine Wrest Smith – Salon des Refusés 2020

Image above: Rodney Pople  ‘I did it my way’ (self portrait)  2020  oil and watercolour on linen (Archibald Prize) Congratulations …

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Christine Wrest-Smith Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Image: Christine Wrest-Smith, Portrait of Salvatore Zofrea. Congratulations to Christine Wrest-Smith who has been announced a Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting …

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2016 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-Finalists announced

Congratulations to Australian Galleries represented artists Dean Brown, Prudence Flint, Stewart MacFarlane,  Lewis Miller, Rodney Pople, Peter Wegner, Marcus Wills and …

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Camie Lyons – Winner of 2021 Sculpture at Scenic World Award

Above image: Camie Lyons, Stick Figures (keepers), bronze, in situ. Photograph: Keith Maxwell. Congratulations to Camie Lyons who has been …

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Mary Tonkin – Podcasts

Image above: Mary Tonkin  Ripples, Kalorama  2020  oil on linen  71 x 80 cm Landscape painter, Mary Tonkin, has recently …

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Dobell Drawing Prize – Martin King

Image above: Martin King  Strangerlands #1  2020  graphite on drafting film with watercolour on paper, gouache and metal foil  148 …

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Jimmy Rix – Road Kill

Last week, Jimmy Rix’s monumental 18 metre-long sculpture, Road Kill, was installed in Forbes, NSW as part of a major …

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Entrancing Others: A Group Exhibition – Gippsland Art Gallery

Image above: G.W. Bot  Other glyphs  2020  linocut 38 x 38 cm – Photography courtesy of Tim Gresham Sue Anderson, …

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Cry of the Land: Mandy Martin

Image above: Mandy Martin  Falling star 5  2012  pigment and oil on linen  76 x 280 cm Mandy Martin’s work …

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Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – The King’s School Art Prize

Image above: Janet Luxton  Eye contact  2021  oil on linen canvas  125 x 165 cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton and …

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2021 Gallipoli Art Prize – Michelle Hiscock

Image above: Michelle Hiscock  Menin Gate  2021  oil on linen  61 x 75 cm Congratulations to Michelle Hiscock who has …

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Rodney Pople Glover Prize Finalist 2021

Above image: Rodney Pople, Liffy Falls, oil on linen, 141 x 181cm, 2021   A huge congratulations to Rodney Pople …

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Robin Stewart – Artist Feature

Image above: Robin Stewart  The second interview  2018  oil on linen  97 x 97 cm Robin Stewart’s paintings depict a …

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